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DIMEV 1417
IMEV 853.8
NIMEV 853.8
For when the roof of thine hous lieth upon thy nose
‘Al thys werldly blisse to the ne is worith a pese’ — a proverbial couplet in a sermon by Brinton
Note: Cf. 6383.
Author(s): Thomas Brinton
Title(s): ‘Al thys werldly blisse to the ne is worith a pese’
Subjects: sermons, verse in; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 166
Transcription:
For whan þe rofe of þyn hous lithe on þi nese
Alle þe worldis blisse ys nouth worthe a pese
Note: Formerly listed as 4040.6.
Editions:
Owst, Gerald Robert. Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England. Cambridge: UP, 1933: 43.
Stemmler, Theo. “More English Texts from MS. Cambridge University Library Ii.III.8.” Anglia 93 (1975): 1-16: 16.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 3760, Part 2, f. 201; 244v
Transcription:
For whan þe roof of þyn hous lith vpon þy nese
al þys werdly blisse to þe ne is worith a pese
Note: Written as Prose. Shortened version on f. 244v.
Editions:
Devlin, Sister Mary Aquinas. “Bishop Thomas Brunton and His Sermons.” Speculum 14 (1939): 324-44: 334-5.
Devlin, Sister Mary Aquinas, ed. The Sermons of Thomas Brinton, Bishop of Rochester, 1373-1389. Camden Society 3rd ser. 85, 86 (1954): 337, 402.